Marcus Connolly, The Paisano
This semester, one of the most decorated softball players to ever play in the program is graduating. As told by her many honors, Megan Low’s hard-hitting has propelled her from being a high school and college four-year starter to being drafted to the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF).
On Wednesday, April 1, Low was selected with the fourth pick in the sixth round (30th overall) of the NPF draft. Drafted by the Akron Racers in Ohio, Low is the first UTSA student to be drafted to the NPF in program history.
“I knew I had the potential to be drafted, but I didn’t think it would actually happen,” stated Low. “If I did, I thought I would go to a Texas team and stay a Texas girl. When they called my name, I got all excited. I was with some of the (softball) girls at Buffalo Wild Wings watching it. The whole place went crazy; it was really cool.”
Low came to UTSA as a little-known recruit from Spring, Texas. At Spring High School, Low was a First-Team All-District honoree her sophomore, junior and senior years and received Second-Team honors her freshman year. She was named as the District 13-5A MVP and received an All-State honorable mention recognition in her senior year. Despite Low’s many accolades throughout high school, nearly every big time program in the nation overlooked her.
“I didn’t really get recruited (in high school), and I didn’t really have any plans to go to any big schools,” Low stated. “I was supposed to go to a junior college, so ending up at UTSA was the best it could have been.”
Low immediately became an impact player for UTSA upon her arrival. Initially slotted as a catcher, Low started all 52 games her freshman year and earned Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. She also received First-Team All-Conference honors after hitting .375 with 28 RBIs while leading the team in eight offensive categories.
Since her freshman year, Low has led the softball team in nearly every major offensive statistic. In her junior year, she earned second-team NFCA All-South Region honors and a First-Team All-Conference USA selection.
In her ongoing senior campaign, the Akron-bound Texas native is batting .363. With 15 home runs Low is tied for first in Conference USA with teammate Randee Crawford.
Low currently owns the school record for walks with 102 free passes. Additionally, Low is ranked among the program’s all-time leaders in batting average (3rd/.364), RBIs (3rd/139), homers (4th/43), doubles (4th/41) and extra-base hits (5th/86).
When asked about her progression since freshman year, Low said, “I think the main thing that I’ve grown in is my mentality and mental game. My stats have kind of always stayed the same, but my mental strength I think has grown the most.”
After she graduates, Low has plans to continue her academic and softball careers.
“I’ll be in Akron for the summer — the NPF is just a summer league — and then I’ll be going to A&M for grad school for sports management in the fall.”
As for Akron, Low says, “I know there’s people better than me defensively, but I try to be the best offensive hitter in the nation. (I will) definitely (bring) my offense. My hitting, that’s what I kind of push myself to be the best at.”
Over the last four years, Low has been an integral part of the softball team’s success. Once she is gone, she will truly be missed.
“Being at UTSA is probably the best experience I could have asked for,” said Low. “My coaches, I’ve had a couple coaches in the past years and they’ve been great. I couldn’t have asked for a better coaching staff or any better teammates.”